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Three Ways to Shoot a Hockey Puck

There are three main shots that we are going to focus on and they are; wrist shot, slap shot, and backhand.

The wrist shot is a forehand shot that has great accuracy with medium speed. It is the easiest shot to master. You start by holding the stick at the top and a little over halfway down the stick. You have all the weight on your back foot and the puck in line or behind your back foot with the blade of the stick right behind it and the puck on the heel of the blade. Start to move your stick forward and at the same time begin to shift your body weight towards the front. You need to keep your eyes on the target the whole time. As your stick begins to leave the ground you need to point the tip of your blade at your target. This will help with accuracy and power. The follow through is very important.

The second shot is the slap shot. This shot is by far the most powerful, yet also the least accurate shot. Most people believe it is the best shot because it's the most fun to do. This shot is the most popular shot from the point. Start with the puck in lined up between your feet but closer to your back foot than your front. Start with your blade behind the puck and your weight centered. Move your stick back until it is just under your hip, by this time you weight should be shifted back. Now start to move your weight forward and at the same time your stick starts to move forward. You need to hit the ice 3-5 inches behind the puck in order to get more power and lift. So continue with your follow through and point the tip of the blade to where you are aiming.

The third shot is the backhand. This shot is awkward and hard to learn. It can be accurate with practice and usually is not that powerful but is sometime necessary and can throw off a goalie. You start with the puck on your backhand side so if you are a right hander you need to have the puck lined up with your left foot and the puck on the right side of the blade and on the heel of the blade. You need to have your weight on your left foot. This shot is just the opposite of the wrist shot. Start to shift your weight frontwards the same time you start to move your stick. Let the puck roll of the tip of the blade and follow through to your target.

Luke Shoop
Sat, 10 Oct 2009 05:43:03 +0000

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